If you’re looking for a destination that has amazing beaches, culture, nature in abundance, and a guaranteed suntan, then look no further than Costa Rica!
The good news? Whether you’re looking for a cheap hotel, a five star option, or you go for one of the many Costa Rica home rentals, you’re covered! This is a destination for everyone.
Costa Rica has been a popular ecotourism option for many years, and with around 5% of the world’s total biodiversity found within its borders, it’s no wonder! From the huge active volcano it is famous for, to the lush rainforests, the national parks, to some of the strangest wildlife around, you will find it here! There are also beautiful beaches, and with a coastline on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, you can imagine the white sand and swaying palms! You can easily trek in a rainforest and chill on a beach in the same day!
In terms of the best time to visit, Costa Rica is hot and tropical all year around. Because of its location, close to the equator, there aren’t the regular four seasons, and instead there is a wet season and a dry season. The wet season is loosely described as winter, and this is May to November, with summer (the dry season) from December to April. There are parts of the country which experience rain at all times to some degree, but with a lot of microclimates at play, this all depends on altitude to a large degree.
The capital city, San Jose, is a definite must visit. This is where the main airport is located, in the Central Valley, as well as being the most populated region. For that reason, you’re going to find a lot of accommodation, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping opportunities here. If you’re looking for touristy fun and fantastic beaches, then the Central Pacific area is for you. This is where you will find the most in the way of visitors, with plentiful beaches and some fantastic surfing conditions too. There are many accommodation choices here, as well as national parks within a stone’s throw, for a spot of exploration.
Of course, many people want to gaze upon the wonder of Arenal Volcano, a huge active volcano which is located in the Plains of the North. This is a true wonder to grasp, and around it you will find bubbling hot springs and volcanic lakes. Quesada is located close to the gateway to the park, and this is a vibrant and cultural city to check out also.
If you want to avoid the rain, then the Guanacaste region is where you need to be. It doesn’t rain much at all here no matter what the month, and there are some fantastic beaches here too, again with some great surfing conditions. If you venture a little further north, up towards the Nicaraguan border, you’ll find some further national parks to explore.
Maybe you want to go a little off the beaten track, and in that case you have two options – Caribbean Costa Rica, and South Pacific Costa Rica. The former is fantastic for white-water rafting enthusiasts, but it is very isolated, and there are quite a lot of mosquitos to be found in this region. On the flip side, South Pacific Costa Rica is the place to go for stunning beaches, in fact some of the best in the world are found in this region. You’ll also be able to check out some of the world’s most interesting biodiversity here too.
As you can see, there is plenty to explore in Costa Rica, but if you want to a standard touristic experience, you should certainly head towards the most popular areas we mentioned. This means that you are within a very close distance to the natural areas, where you can head out on an organised tour and explore, but you can then return to the safety of your hotel or rental, and have a truly luxurious break. On the other hand, if you want to be an explorer, there are plentiful ways to do just that! The Arenal volcano is certainly somewhere you have to visit if you can, as the sheer sight of this massive might of nature rising into the sky is something to behold, for sure. The otherworldly landscapes around this region are also to be explored, and again, you’ll find many organised tours which go to this region, if you don’t want to head there on your own steam.
Whilst Costa Rica has always been destination which people have wanted to visit, it has ever been as easy as it is these days. The country has opened up to tourism, whilst also doing everything to maintain its natural wonders, without damage. Always be respectful of Mother Nature, whether you’re visiting Costa Rica or anywhere else.
The fact that Costa Rica is also much more accessible than it has ever been before, opens up the possibility of visiting for more people. There are some direct flights to be found from many destinations across the planet, but taking an indirect flight to the USA, and then connecting from there can be a money-saving option. Of course, this does also open up the possibility of a twin centre break too – it would be rude to turn down the chance to explore two places within one break!